An immersive music and arts experience

Morjim Goa India

27 28 29 January 2017


A cocktail of genre defying acts from across the cosmos bringing interplanetary good vibes to the shores of Goa.

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson

Not content with just being a highly successful international club and radio DJ, Gilles Peterson is also an avid record collector, a curator, a music producer and record label boss. He has a long history of running record labels, including Acid Jazz in the late Eighties, Talkin Loud in the Nineties through to his current venture, Brownswood Recordings, which releases some of the best underground music around. As a curator, Gilles holds the record for compilation releases, having put together over 100. As a remixer and producer he has been involved in a number of projects around the world, including the Havana Cultura series of albums and culminating with 2014’s Sonzeira album, where Gilles went to Brazil with collaborators Rob Gallagher, Dil Harris and Kassin to work with some of Brazil’s finest musicians. New initiatives include the launch of the online radio station, Worldwide FM, broadcasting from its London HQ and from studios around the world. Expect the finest tunage from across the globe.

James Priestley

James Priestley

James Priestley

Founder and resident dj of the legendary Secretsundaze club nights, James has a distinct djing style, playing broadly what you would describe as deep House & Techno, often borrowing from his freestyle background, preferring to move things around rather than follow one linear groove. You will also notice James’ solid musical background in his sets and productions usually favoring strong melodies and warm, organic sounds. His style hasn’t gone unnoticed and he regularly plays some of the best clubs and parties around the world, highlights including Robert Johnson (Offenbach), Fabric (London), Air (Tokyo), Output (NYC), Studio 80 (Amsterdam) and Space (Ibiza).




Like her naturally occurring namesake, Sandunes – otherwise known as Sanaya Ardeshir – plays with broad landscapes of sound. Her sonic identity has evolved alongside her journey from pianos to production.
Her performances reveal an appetite for integrating studio and stage. Audiences at home and on the road have seen her supporting Pretty Lights in Colorado, performing at India’s Magnetic Fields festival, playing India’s first ever Boiler Room series in Mumbai, and collecting sounds for Red Bull’s Searching For Sound series.
Outside of the studio, Sandunes advocates accessibility and exposure around music-making, and regularly gives workshops and talks on music production and performance, including at Ableton’s LOOP in Berlin, at Mumbai’s G5A and on Point Blank’s online network of production masterclasses.
In 2015 she co-founded Perfectiming – her duo with beat poet and RBMA alum Jivraj Singh.
She is also a member of DASTA – a collective of 6 Indian beatmakers, that focuses on DIY growth and empowerment through the arts.
Her work has been recognised by international and local tastemakers across various media including Rolling Stone, Vh1, RBMA Daily, Tom Tom Mag.
In 2016 she was hosted at an APRAAMCOS Songhubs in Sydney, performed as Perfectiming in Kuwait for an RBMA series, performed across 6 cities in the U.S., recorded at the Red Bull studios in NY, released a sample pack via the Ableton blog, and independently released her full length album – DOWNSTREAM.

Kiasmos (DJ set)

Kiasmos (DJ set)

Kiasmos (DJ set)

Kiasmos is Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, famed for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Iceland-based producer Janus Rasmussen, known as the mastermind and vocalist of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup as well as having produced and mixed many known Icelandic artists. Both living in Reykjavík, the two musicians found themselves working together on various musical projects through which they discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds. The DJ set at GOAT festival will just feature Janus.

Sarathy Kowar

Sarathy Kowar

Sarathy Korwar

Sarathy Korwar is a percussionist/composer born in the US, raised in India and now based in London. Sarathy trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Devasthali and Pandit Sanju Sahai but is equally at ease on the tabla or drum-kit. Since graduating from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, Sarathy has performed and collaborated with likes of jazz/improvised music legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, award winning instrumentalists Arun Ghosh, Shabaka Hutchings and Indian classical musicians such as Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Sanju Sahai and Padmashree Pt. Pratap Pawar. In 2015, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at the Royal Opera House in London. His first album Day To Day was released on Ninja Tune in July 2016 and features field recordings of Sidi musicians, who are descendants of African migrants in India. At the centre of his aesthetic is a strong faith and reliance on intuition, spontaneity and improvisation.

Blot! live


Blot! live

BLOT! is the Basic Love Of Things – a one of a kind experience presented by Gaurav Malaker.
Since he began making music in 2007, BLOT! has gone from a more straightforward live dance act to a more multi-disciplinary experience. Gaurav has delivered an inspiring run of music releases in his career spanning six years, as well as immersive audiovisual sets and innumerable art installations in India and abroad amassing a considerable and loyal fan base within the country. BLOT!’s club act combines deep, emotive electronica with live video sampling. BLOT! has performed at legendary venues and festivals across the wold including Trsor and Bar25 (Berlin), Nuits Sonores (Lyon) and at London’s South Bank Centre in his years making music. BLOT! was recently voted into the GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indians list, won the VH1 SoundNation award for best electronic act 2014, INCA Best DJ Delhi 2016 as well as a double win at the MyFav Awards for Artist Of The Year & Techno DJ of 2016. his most recent release was picked up by iconic label Diynamic Music.

Aqua Dominatrix

Aqua Dominatrix

Aqua Dominatrix

Aqua Dominatrix is producer Akshay Rajpurohit’s pseudonym for an electronic avatar comprising of free floating synth­pop, verging on techno. Akshay is also a part of popular metal bands Scribe and Pangea. Aqua Dominatrix sees him leap out of his comfort zone into a world of analog synthesis. After the debut release of a 12­track album ‘Sadomist’, he played his first gig at MTV Spiro, opening for Pretty Lights in Mumbai, 2015. Aqua Dominatrix’s live performances range from nu-disco infused synthpop to dark techno and acid.




Over the past three years Medlar has slowly but surely been putting together pieces of his own puzzle of a musical career and gaining fans and attention from all the right people one step at a time. His raw and emotive take on production has laid solid foundations with tracks such as Terrel, gaining recognition and support from tastemakers including Floating Points and DJ Nature to name a few. His quality and calculated output has lead to support on radio with plays on Radio 1, 6 Music and he regularly guest mixes on Rinse FM in the UK. In a previous incarnation as Klic, Ned Pegler (Medlar) remixed and produced more UK and 2 step leaning sounds for his own record label Hit and Hope whilst studying in Brighton. Since relocating to London, the Medlar project has gone from strength to strength.

The Turbans

The Turbans

The Turbans

The Turbans is an international musical collective bringing together exciting traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles and original compositions, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots.
Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. It’s members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Italy, Greece and England to perform in concerts and festivals around the UK, Turkey, India and Europe.
The Turbans is independent and run by the musicians themselves, bringing music to the people, young and old alike, mixing vibrant spontaneity and authenticity with multi-genre instrumental and vocal excellence.
We’ve created The Turbans, now all you have to do is dance.




Afriquoi is rapidly becoming a globally respected name, fusing traditional African elements with electronic sounds drawing on house, garage, dancehall, soca, hiphop and disco.

Formed in 2011 out of London’s cultural melting pot, Afriquoi is a UK afro supergroup, with every musician a band leader in their own right. With members ranging in age across 3 decades, originating from Africa, the Carribean and the UK, Afriquoi is true fusion music in the best sense of the word, bringing together a vast depth of musical knowledge, culture and life

Although celebrated for the five piece live show, Afriquoi DJ sets have developed a powerful profile in their own right, allowing a deeper showcasing of the African and electronic roots of Afriquoi’s sound and adaptable to a much wider range of settings than the full live show. The last 12 months have seen DJ bookings at WOMAD (Fuerteventura), Dimensions (Croatia), Fusion (Germany), and club shows in Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Canada, with many more on the horizon.

As well as Afriquoi’s own album output, Afriquoi’s remix work has been much loved by DJs across the globe, with remixes already under their belt for Vieux Farka Touré, Pierre Kwenders, Tinariwen, Amadou Diagne and Nubiyan Twist, as well as remixes of Afriquoi coming thick and fast by some rising stars of Global Music in a range of different styles.

Expect some heavy original unreleased business!




Kumail Hamid is a 22 year old music producer, who has been experimenting with music that can only be classified under the ambiguous label of “electronic music”. His music boldly pushes the level of experimentation of the current “scene” beyond its club friendly confines, exploring the more ethereal regions of sound. Heavily manipulated live recordings coupled with atmospheric synths and meticulously panned rhythm sections form the fundamental characteristics of his music.
His live act ranges from ambient soundscapes to his more recent, Hip-Hop influenced beats.
So far, Kumail has released two well received EP’s and his most recent, very colourful full length album titled ‘Links’.

Henry Wu

Henry Wu

Henry Wu

South Londoner Henry Wu has been rightly labelled as one of the most exciting emerging producers of recent years. Drawing from different ends of the musical spectrum, his diversity on record is also apparent in his DJ sets, where he deftly speeds up and down to deliver his sound knowledge of funk and jazz, to more contemporary house stylings. Making serious dents in clubland within a very short space of time- from his sellout London residency to key club and festival shows in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, Begium, France and many more, Wu breaks all the rules when it comes to production and musicianship. 2016 saw his sound being championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, LeFtO, Jimpster, Detroit Swindle, Osunlade, IG Culture and Toddla T to name a few.





Also Alexander Smith, MMat, Cosmonaut, The Fish and many more…




Live music, djs, visual art, theatre, dance and spoken word performances

Story telling and costume customization

Spiritual setting with shady pockets and breathtaking views

Exceptionally tasty locally produced food and bevvies (veggie and vegan options available)

Mind, body and soul areas to include yoga, alternative exercising (mental and physical)

Onsite spa and therapies

Free parking (cars, bikes, tuk-tuks and elephants)


Full-on vibes

Sick sound systems, awesome visuals, sensory overload

Smiley security

Mega chill beach lounging


Music, art and dance workshops

Surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, wake boarding and kayaking. Click here for more info http://vaayuoceanadventures.in/adventure-center/excursions/

Beach yoga, soundbathing

Haute couture costume creation and catwalk

Searching for your spirit animal



GOATs should

Come and play, dance, swim, get stuck in to the festivities and enjoy yourself

Make a holiday of it. Book your travel and accommodation as far in advance as possible – There are heaps of incredible places to stay at prices to suit all wallet sizes but stuff gets booked up quick so get your wiggle on – Check out our accommodation links page below

Open your mind.

Note our programme is now happening from 2pm at Marbela Beach Resort, Morjim

Be glamourous GOATs. Express yourself. It is a party after all

In the words of Baz Luhrmann, “wear sunscreen” – it’s bloody hot out there

Drink shed loads of water. Stay hydrated and halve the hangover

Drink responsibly – There will obviously be an abundance of fabulous alcoholic beverages but please don’t get carried away

Look after yourself and let us know should you feel unwell, unsafe or have any concerns what-so-ever

Respect. Respect yourself, respect each other and respect your surroundings. There are enough problems in the world, please refrain from causing any more

Recycle – Our aim is to make no environmental impact on our beautiful land. Be nice to it and recycle

GOATs should not

Buy, sell or do drugs. Indian law is very strict and we don’t want any GOATs in jail

Swim after dark and swim in quiet areas. Apart from the shark infested waters 😉 we strongly advise to refrain from a dip unless there are visible life guards. Currents are strong and mother nature can be unpredictable

Remove your GOAT Festival wristband until the festival has ended – No wristband, no entry. Simple

Bring any animals. There is wildlife galore – Leave kitty at home

Bring any food or alcohol from outside the festival. This is part of our license so no packed lunches please

Take endless selfies. Real life is so much better than a digitally enhanced version. Please absorb the amazing experience on offer and forget about your mobile phone




Please collect your GOAT Festival wristband at the following address:

Marbela Beach Resort,
H. No. 782,
Morjim-Ashwem Road,
Gawde Wada,
Goa 403512


The easiest way to reach Morjim beach is by taxi from Goa airport.

It takes about 75 mins and if four people club together it is super cheap (around Rs 400 / £5 each).
There are many internal flights daily from Mumbai, again, these are very reasonable (around Rs 6000 / £70 return).

Alternatively, for those more adventurous types who would like to experience the joys an 11 hour trip on the Indian Railway system, hop on the train from Mumbai Central to Thivim railway station at a cost of a mere Rs 300 or £3 return!

Ashvem is around 40 minutes taxi ride from Thivim which will cost around Rs 1500 or £15. Click here for more info on routes and booking http://www.indianrail.gov.in


There are thousands places to stay in the neighbourhoods nearby from beach huts to plush resorts to eco cabins

Here are a few options for accommodation all within 5 minutes’ drive from the festival site and to suit all tastes and budgets.

Click here for nearby accommodation

For late bookers that struggle to get somewhere walkable. These areas are all with 20 minutes drive from the site. No more than Rs800 / £10 in a taxi.


We highly recommend to book up soon to avoid disappointment. If for any reason you are struggling to find accommodation, please send us an email info@goatfestival.co.uk

For the accommodations that are so super chilled they don’t even have a website, we have provided a phone number – Give them a call!

Anatahata – http://anahataretreat.com

Babu Huts – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babu-Huts-with-Pagan-Cafe/150533471715318

Palm Grove – http://www.palmgrovebeachresort.com

Momooa – http://www.beachhutbooking.com/index.php/goa/hotel/30-mamoos-place

L’amore – http://www.lamorecottages.com

Tahira – http://www.tahirabeachresort.com

Paradise Beach Shack – http://www.ingoa.info/index.php?cat=Directory&subcat=beach&msgid=63

Ashoka Ashwem – http://ashokaashvemgoa.com

Rococco – http://www.rococcoashvem.com/contact.php

Sea View – https://uk.hotels.com/ho487294/sea-view-resort-ashvem-india/

Boomerang Beach Resort – https://www.facebook.com/boomerangresort/about/

Wellness Inn – http://www.wellnessinn.in

Vaayu – http://vaayuoceanadventures.in/waterman-s-village/accommodation/

Ben’s Inn – http://www.bensinngoa.com

V & M – http://www.bestgoahotels.com/1653/v-m-calisto-guest-house-ashvem-goa-hotel/

Jamboree Creek – http://jamboreecreek.com

Avalon Inn – http://www.erikapearlvilla.com

Beach Street – https://www.facebook.com/beachstreetresort/about/

Osaiba – http://www.mandremosaibabeachresort.com

Dunes Holiday Village – http://www.dunesgoa.com

Vailankanni – http://www.vailankannicottages.com

Molly’s Nest – http://www.mollysnestgoa.com

The Sunset – http://www.goasunset.in/wordpress/

Spice of Life – https://www.facebook.com/pg/spiceoflifegoa/about/?ref=page_internal

Hotel Ananda –  http://www.anandagoa.com

Riva – http://rivaresorts.com

Sea Paradise – http://seaparadisemandrem.com

D’Souza’s residency – Phone: +91 94223 94816

Riverside – http://www.riversidegoa.com/contact.html

Mandrem Retreat – http://www.mandremretreat.com

Shiva Ashvem – http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/shiva-aahvem.en-gb.html

Hidden Paradise Resort – http://hiddenparadise.in/aboutus.php

La Cabana – http://www.lacabanabeachandspa.com

Leela Cottages – http://www.leelacottage.com

White Feathers – https://www.facebook.com/pg/beachresortwf/about/?ref=page_internal

Oasis – https://www.facebook.com/pg/Oasis-resortmorjim-beachgoa-558132397579401/about/?ref=page_internal

Marbela Beach – http://www.marbelabeach.com

Papa Jolly – http://www.goapapa.com

Satpurush – Phone:+91 97638 18044

Silver Lining – https://www.facebook.com/The-Silver-Lining-a-family-retreat-265592543593486/about/

Morjim Resort – http://www.morjim-resort.com/contact-us.html

Rock Water – http://goarockwaterresort.com

Grand Inn – http://www.morjimgrandinn.com

Bora Bora – https://www.facebook.com/pg/Bora-Bora-Goa-192486417505409/about/?ref=page_internal

Coco Palms – https://www.facebook.com/pg/morjimcocopalms/about/?ref=page_internal

FAQs & Contact…

FAQs Tickets


Can I get a refund for my ticket?

Afraid not, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you really cannot make it for a valid reason they are transferable. Simply contact our ticketing partner Ticket Fairy to change the name on the ticket: support@theticketfairy.com

Hold on! Where’s my ticket?

Nothing is sent out in advance. Print your e-ticket off at home or just turn up with ID and the card you made the purchase with and you will be issued a wristband at the entrance to the site. If you have any ticket enquiries, please contact tickets@goatfestival.in or your ticketing agent directly.

What happens when I arrive?

Your purchase confirmation includes a secret code for each ticket you have purchased. When you get on site, each ticket holder must provide their ticket code or have their e-ticket to exchange for their general admission wristband.

Are there any age limits?

Yes! Due to licensing issues we have to make this an over 18 event. We hope in future years to add a kiddy friendly area but this year I’m afraid it is all about the grown ups. We wouldn’t recommend it because of noise levels and rough terrain, but if you need to bring along any teeny weenies that’s OK.

Are there different types of tickets available for GOAT?

Indeed there are but we think the best way to experience GOAT is to get fully involved for the full three days. However, we appreciate there may be circumstances in which guests may want to purchase just one or two days and there may be some wishing to upgrade to a more luxurious experience. To that end we offer the following options:

FAQs Travel and Accommodation


Where can I stay?

There are heaps of places to stay within walking distance of the festival site to suit all tastes and budgets. We suggest you book way in advance to get the best spot. Click here for nearby accommodation

Can I Camp?

Afraid not. There are no camping facilities on our beautiful site so please don’t turn up with your tent and camping stove! We would not recommend wild camping on the beaches either. If you are on a budget there are some super-cheap beach shacks available.

What is the best transport method?

The best way to get around is by cab. The taxis are cheap and in abundance. We do not recommend hiring a moped / motorbike. As temping as it may be, the roads can be very dangerous with so many bikes and many accidents occur each year.

Coming from abroad?

The best way to get to Goa by flight is flying into to Mumbai or Delhi. The internal flights from there are painless, super cheap and there are flights every 20 minutes with a choice of domestic airlines.

Do I need a visa?

PLEASE CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS BEFORE FLYING! We do not want any guests being turned away at customs not having the necessary entry requirements. Generally speaking you WILL need a visa coming from abroad. See official Indian Visa page https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Do I need jabs to visit the region?

Generally people traveling from abroad should be up-to-date with yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.

Where Can I Park?

There is a large free car park close to the festival which will be well sign posted. Stewards and security will be highly visible to guide you in. We do encourage you to walk to the site or share a taxi when ever you can to keep traffic levels down.

Taxi Drop Off?

Again, in a bid to reduce congestion around the festival site there is a taxi drop off point about 5 mins walk from the main site.

Is there a useful tourism website?

Please visit http://www.goatourism.gov.in for the official information regarding visiting Goa.

FAQs General


What are the opening times?

Friday 4pm till late

Saturday 2pm till 10pm

Sunday 2pm till 10pm

Can I reenter the site once I have left?

As long as you have your wristband you can leave and come back as many times as you like!

Will there be wifi?

Yes there will be wifi but hopefully there will be lots to distract you from phones and laptops.

What do I do if there is an emergency?

Please try and inform a member of staff straight away.  We will have first aid on site but for anything else the emergency services number is 100.

Please contact us at info@goatfestival.in and we will do our best to assist you. If you need a personal assistant to help you get around then we can arrange a free ticket for them.


For all enquiries related to GOAT Festival please contact info@goatfestival.co.uk / info@goatfestival.in

We will endeavor to get back to you within a 24 hour period.

Peace and love,

The GOAT Team  x


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